Solarmeter® Model 10.0 Global Solar Power Meter

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  • Compact, Handheld, and Durable
  • Simple Single-Button Operation
  • WRR Traceable Accuracy
  • LCD Display
  • Made In USA


  • Monitoring Visible Light Intensity and Aging
  • Measuring Solar PV Panel Input
  • Measuring Outdoor Solar Irradiance
  • Estimating PV Array Power Output
SKU: Solarmeter Model 10.0


Solarmeter® Specifications
Model 10.0
Irradiation Range 0-1999 W/m²
Peak Response 940 nm
Bandwidth 400-1100 nm
Resolution 1 W/m²
Accuracy ± 5% Ref. WRR
Detector Silicon Photodiode
Conversion Rate 3.0 Readings/Sec
Display 3.5 Digit LCD
Digit Size 0.4 (in) / 10.2 (mm) high
Operational Temperature 32°F to100°F / 0°C to 37.8°C
Operational Humidity 5% TO 80% RH
4.2L x 2.4W x 0.9D (in) / 106.7L x 61W x 22.9(D) (mm)
Weight 4.5 (oz) / 128 (g) Including Battery
Power Source 9-Volt DC Battery
Lens UV Glass
Diffuser Teflon
Agency Approval CE Mark


Solarmeter Model 10.0 Global Solar Power Meter Spectral Response Graph

AIGaN photodiode with filter.

To operate your Solarmeter, aim the sensor window located on the top panel of the meter directly at a source. Press and hold the push-button switch on the face of the meter. For best results take note of the distance the reading was taken from the source in order to ensure repeatable results. Battery operation voltage is viable from 9V down to 6.5V. Below 6.5V, the numbers on the LCD display will begin to dim, indicating the need for battery replacement. Under typical service load, a standard 9V battery will last approximately 2 years.

Proper Usage of Solarmeter® Ultraviolet Radiometer for Lamp Tests

  • Wear tinted eyewear or sunglasses when checking intense sunlight.
  • Aim sensor directly at sun to see maximum solar irradiance as a reference.
  • Aim sensor in same direction as PV panel to see irradiance striking array.
  • Re-orient PV panel direction if desired for best average position.
  • Maximum solar noon direction will of course vary throughout the year.
  • Do not subject the meter to extremes in temperature, humidity, shock or dust.
  • Use a dry, soft cloth to clean the intrument. Keep sensor free of oil, dirt, etc.

Proper Estimation of PV Panel Power
Before beginning determine the following information from the mfgr of the module array:

  • Effective active area for the PV cells in square meters _________________ m²
  • PV cells efficiency as percentage of input to output power ______________ %
  • DC to AC conversion efficiency of the PV cell modules in the array _______ %

Also, record the temperature near the back of the array _____________________ °C

It is best to do this when sun is directly shining on module near noon. The meter error will increase (read low) at angles greater than about 35° from direct at-sun conditions.

Example Calculation with PV Meter reading 1000 W/m perpendicular to 10 m array at 10 m active area, 14% cells efficiency, 95% converter efficiency, 40 C:
1000 W/m² x 10 m² = 10000 Watts incoming sun power

  • 10000 W x 0.14 cell efficiency = 1400 Watts
  • 1400 W x 0.95 conversion efficiency = 1330 Watts

Typical temperature coefficient loss for PV cells is -0.5% per degree C over 25°… or 7.5% for 40° in this example (15° x 0.5% = 7.5% loss or 92.5% of above value. So:

  • 1330 W x 0.925 = 1230 Watts.

Lastly, a small wiring & component loss of ~1% reduces PV output down to ~1218 W.

Energy Production over Time
The above 1218 Watts value is an “instantaneous” number. Energy is Watt (or kiloWatt) hours. So if the solar irradiance remained constant for an hour near noon, the energy produced would be 1218 WH. To estimate power over the entire day… take readings every hour and apply the above examples. Then add up each hour’s value x number of hours for daily WattHours. Of course the value will increase toward summer, peaking near June 21 in northern hemisphere… and decrease toward winter, lowest near December 21 solstice. Southern hemisphere is opposite.

Meter Calibration
This instrument has been calibrated traceable to the World Radiometric Reference and is compliant with ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994. Model 10.0 Solarmeters are calibrated by transfer of “at sun” reading from master meter serial #00001. The master meter was calibrated to match standard class II pyranometer on a plane tilted 37° from horizontal, oriented perpendicular to the axis of the sun, under airmass 1.5 global solar irradiance at an independent test lab.

Master meter calibration certificate available on request.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 3.5 × 2.5 in
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